Tenzin Palmo : We like dreaming

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The thing is we say we want to be enlightened, but we don’t really. Only bits of us want to be enlightened. The ego which thinks how nice, comfortable and pleasant it would be. But to really drop everything and go for it! We could do it in a moment but we don’t do it.

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Ayya Khema : Universal consciousness

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“In reality there is only one truth and mystics of all ages have always found the same truth. There is universal consciousness and that can be experienced in meditation — the infinity of consciousness. (..)
Universal consciousness is not buddhist, but infinite. The infinity of space is not buddhist, but just infinity. ”

Ayya Khéma Walking on … Read the rest >

Jean Pierre Schnetzler : One makes excuses for oneself

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One makes excuses for oneself; lack of time in particular, is often mentioned; a pretext which does not hold up to examination because, if one wanted, judicious choice would eliminate, in favor of meditation, a great deal of secondary activities which are intrusive or pointless.

These activities, on reflection, may be seen as such… but one continues … Read the rest >

Rabindranath Tagore : To give you my all

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I had gone a begging from door to door in the village path, when your  golden chariot appeared in the distance like a gorgeous dream, and I wondered who was this King of all kings!

My hopes rose high, and I thought my evil days were at an end. I stood waiting for alms to be given … Read the rest >

Edward Salim Michael: the right time will never come

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“A sincere aspirant will not fail to notice to what point he is inhabited by all sorts of futile or harmful inner chatter, as well as by an interminable procession of worthless, negative or even destructive thoughts, aside from all the tricks his mind will think up to divert him from his goal. Hence, he might suggest … Read the rest >

William Blake : To see the world in a grain of sand

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“To see the world in a grain of sand,

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour .”

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Francis Thompson : The Butterfly Effect

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“All things by immortal power,
Near and Far
Hiddenly
To each other linked are,
That thou canst not stir a flower
Without troubling of a star.”

 

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions; where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences Read the rest >

Bhagavad gita : I support this entire universe

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Take it thus, that I am here in this world and everywhere. I support this entire universe with an infinitesimal portion of Myself.

By Me, all this universe has been extended in the ineffable mystery of My being;

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Dhammapada : Vigilance is the path to Life Eternal

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Vigilance is the path to Life Eternal. Thoughtlessness is the path to death. The reflecting vigilant die not. The heedless are already dead.

Dhammapada 21

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Brother Lawrence : Practice of the Presence of God

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Ninth letter to a nun.

“Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please God, that perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity. You and I have lived above forty years in religion (i.e. a monastic life). Have we employed them in loving and serving God, who by His mercy has Read the rest >